Alan Limbury

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Harold Werksman
Feedback digest by Harold Werksman, August 20, 2018

This feedback is based on the 58 reports from 2005 to 2014 inclusive, relating to the mediations conducted mainly in Australia but also some from overseas. The feedback reports came from organisations as well as parties who had taken part in mediations conducted by Alan and professionals in the mediation field who had known Alan for many years. The feedback for all the above sources has without exception been favourable and most of them very favourable. Examples of these favourable comments by parties on his performance include the following features in relation to his approach: • Excellent ability to work with disputants, good listening ability and putting people at ease • He demonstrated intuition and patience as well as compassion • He was very fair, helpful and impartial, allowing parties to express themselves • He was very helpful in identifying alternatives • Good at controlling the process • Helped parties understand each other • He was persuasive but not in an aggressive way • He was calm and had an orderly focus on the issues • Was willing to make pro-active suggestions • He is a mature, careful and relaxed mediator and is perceived by the parties as non-threatening and trustworthy • He displayed a nuanced understanding of the legal tests and inherent weaknesses in each party’s case and a practical view of the benefits of a settlement • He identified positive commercial benefits not apparent to the parties • He was skilled in identifying commercial risks . He was relaxed and clear . He acted as a guide and a re framer,he challenged the parties and reflected the issues well. No negative comments were made by the parties in their feedback. Examples of the favourable comments offered by organisations included: • He is a highly regarded member of the Australian mediation community • He is an extremely capable mediator and settled many matters which had commenced in court • He has particular expertise in assessing options and settlement scenarios in cases where deep-seated emotions often evident in the dispute • He is courteous, patient, pleasant in his dealings with the parties and with the members of the legal profession • He conducts mediations in a careful and professional manner • He is an effective co-mediator and works well as a team member • Even though the matter in dispute was not settled through mediation, Alan conducted himself in an exemplary manner as a mediator – a major part of the dispute did in fact settle later on. • Regardless of the mediation outcome, Alan’s services and knowledge of the mediation process have been a key element in securing a successful resolution of some difficult disputes. I was very happy with him as a mediator and would recommend him. Micheline Dewdney Harold Werksman Reviewers

This feedback digest was last updated 11 May 2017.

by Harold Werksman, May 24, 2019